With 800 kilometers (497 miles) of navigable waterways, the Paulista stretch of the Tietê-Paraná Waterway contains ten dams, ten floodgates, 23 bridges, 19 boatyards and 30 intermodal cargo terminals. The waterway is part of a large multimodal transport system, providing an alternative export route - encompassing the States of São Paulo, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás and Minas Gerais, a region covering 76 million hectares and producing almost half of Brazil's GDP, connecting production areas to the maritime ports and, going the other way, to the main centers in the Mercosul trade block.
In 2014, according to the National Agency of Waterway Transportation (ANTAQ), more than 4.7 million tonnes of goods were transported on the Tietê-Paraná Waterway. Among the products carried, the following stood out: sand, soybeans, sulfur, earth and stone, plaster, lime and wood.
There are many benefits on the use of the waterway as a means of transportation: lower fuel consumption, reduction of pollutant gas emissions (such as carbon dioxide - CO²) and less traffic on the roads, thus reducing the number of accidents and logistics costs.